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Skaftafell Glacier Hike

The extended and most complete version of the Skaftafell Glacier hike with certified guide and equipment

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1 day
Starts: 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. at the Skaftafell terminal meeting point
Ends: 5 hours later at the same meeting point
Free cancellation!

Explore the Skaftafell Glacier, one of the areas of the Vatnaj√∂kull National Park with this 5-hour Skaftafell Glacier Hike guided tour. With crampons on your feet, you will walk along the glacier in this adventure admiring the different ice formations. Do you dare to get on the ice? We'll tell you all the details below ūüĎá

Tour details


  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment: helmet + ice axes + headlamp + crampons

Not included

  • Transportation to Skaftafell

Important information

The minimum age for this activity is 12 years old.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 24 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be made.

Tour itinerary

Skaftafell Glacier Hike

ūüďć Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Vatnaj√∂kull Glacier
ūüĒļ Difficulty: Moderate - Demanding
ūüēó Tour duration: 5 hours.
ūüĎ£ Time on glacier: 3 hour

Meeting point - Skaftafell Terminal

Skaftafell Terminal will be the meeting point, where you will meet your guide. Skaftafell is part of the Vatnajökull National Park, the largest glacier in Europe. When the group is assembled, you will get into the vehicle that will take you to the glacier. You will leave the vehicle and walk to the glacier.

Once there, you will be equipped with everything you need, helmet, ice axe, headlamp and crampons, while the guide gives you a short safety talk.

skaftafell glacier crevases

Falljökull Trekking

Ready to board the Skaftafell Glacier Trek? Here we go!

Falljökull is a part of the Skaftafell Glacier translated as The Falling Glacier. The formations you will see as you traverse this area will leave you speechless. Crevasses, vertical shafts and fissures. If you travel in winter, you will be able to poke your head into the ice tunnels that will show you their bluish interior of the ice.

Your glacier adventure will continue to the icefall. As you will be climbing quite high, you will be able to see incredible views of Skaftafell National Park.

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Return to the meeting point at Skaftafell terminal.

After spending about 3 hours discovering this immense glacier, your adventure will come to an end. You will return to the vehicle that will take us to the Skaftafell Terminal where you will say goodbye to the guide and this incredible glacier experience.

skaftafell hike to glacier

What to bring to Skaftafell Glacier Hike

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Hiking boots (available for rent as an extra)
  • Gloves and hat

Where does the tour Skaftafell Glacier Hike start

The Skaftafell Glacier Trek starts and ends at the Skaftafell Terminal and does not include the transfer to Skaftafell.

Driving from Reykjavik to Skaftafell will take you 5 hours. Once you arrive at the Skaftafell National Booking, you can leave your vehicle parked at the Skaftafell Terminal (the meeting point), which offers free parking and has restrooms.

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